A British man has announced his intention to sue the UAE after being detained and tortured for wearing the Qatari shirt during the Asian Cup in January.
“He was severely abused during his three-week detention, including torture with electricity, and was stabbed with a knife in a general cell, beaten and prevented from sleeping and eating,” said the British fan of Qatar during the cup.
The Guardian published a picture of the young man showing wounds he suffered while he was in the UAE, where he wanted to watch the match between the Qatari and Iraqi teams.
The British national is Ali Issa Ahmed, a 26-year-old guard who lives in Wolverhampton and form an Arab country originally.
The fan said he was first held in a security headquarters and was then accused by the Abu Dhabi security authorities of “injuring himself” and forced him to sign a document stating his responsibility for “wasting the time of the authorities.” He was later transferred to a prison in Sharjah where he was stabbed in the cell.
He said that he intends to sue the UAE for the psychological and physical damage he suffered and to show that there is no place for torture and arbitrary arrests in the modern world, as he puts it.
In addition to filing a lawsuit, the British foreign fan and the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in the United Nations called for an investigation into his case. The youth launched a campaign to raise funds for the legal proceedings against the UAE.